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Yahoo! Made! $8bn! In! One! Day! And! You'll! Easily! Guess! How!

goldcd

They sold off 6%

leaving them with 16% still in hand.

I'm reasonably sure, they're not too upset over this.

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Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks

goldcd

Nobody was supposed to buy it

That's merely there to allow them to slap a low price on the advert.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

goldcd

Indeed

Hoped somebody had pointed that out before me.

Wasn't just this one as well - I loved/used a significant number of the powertoys. Always assumed they were the product of disgruntled MS devs who'd given up on presenting for management buy-in and had just written the damn thing.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

goldcd

I think EE did

but then they charge you £15 from memory - so you may as well get a cheapie sim-only sim.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

goldcd

Pebble's nearly there

Think it needs a charge about every 4 days, costs $99ish etc.

Nowhere near as feature rich as all these current phones - but does what I want.

Buzzes when I have a meeting and tells me what it is, lets me control my launch music players and control them as I walk about. Tells me who's calling and lets me answer/ignore etc etc.

It's by no means perfect, but to me at least, scope of what it's trying to do is about right.

I think my main issue with current gen is that I refuse to 'talk' to my watch. I'm getting old, aren't I?

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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

goldcd

I would have said Plants vs Zombies 2

I very much enjoyed it initially. I even bought some in-game stuff to thank them - stuff that would improve the game, not magic beans you buy as they've crippled the game otherwise and will be buying eternally.

I thought it was a very pleasant and pragmatic of the 'free to play' model.

Then one day I got a massive game update, whole game changed and I'd been nuked back to the beginning and chucked some magic beans.

I can only assume EA had noticed PopCap had snuck out a decent game and were mortified.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

goldcd

I feel bad.

I've always delighted in Apple-bashing (even whilst buying some of their products) for... well as they had some horribly devoted buyers who took the bait every time.

What Apple just delivered on was on one hand uninspiring - but on the other what us 'fandroids' had delighted in mocking Apple for not producing before. I suddenly miss Apple not giving a toss what their detractors say and ploughing their own furrow - it was clearly a rubbish furrow *glances away from Apple's revenues*, but they should at least have had the courage of their rut.

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Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

goldcd

Re: Fork this fruit only shite!

Search for "Recce"

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Celeb nudie iCloud pervs hatched photo-slurping Flappy Bird plot

goldcd

And the external storage got locked down

in KitKat, I think.

Took me f'in ages to hack my M8 back to a working state - still, at least you'll all get to see little goldcd in the near future.

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

goldcd

Also might be worth looking at Bittorrent Sync

Still pretty new and not particularly feature rich - but is another option if you have multiple machines (and phones) you want to share across and not have a 3rd party vendor involved.

Had a quick play with it and seems to 'just work' - also has nice little features, like throwing up a QR code on your PC, you can scan from your phone, if you want to setup a sync.

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

goldcd

Apple phones

are a prestige brand for people who have to pay monthly.

Have you seen their prices if you simply wish to walk in and buy one outright? That's not the market they're going for.

To be fair, it's not an 'Apple' thing, it's a 'phone' thing. There's a frightening number of people out there whose most expensive single possession is their phone, and haven't quite grasped 24 month contracts and depreciation.

Anyway - iPhones may be lovely, but they're not prestige.

Looking at watches - well have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swatch_Group#Brands and guess where the money actually comes from.

The prestige thing is 'nice' but.. well doesn't bring in that much. Still you should try and maintain the appearance of prestige - I hear nothing but nice things about experiences people have in Apple stores, and think that's the way to go about keeping your brand valuable.

Omega asking me to send my POS 'luxury' watch to a Swatch concession in Covent Garden, where after a pile of cash they returned it to me without box/warranty card and loose in an f'in jiffy bag (and it's broken again). Well the swiss should be worried, but Apple shouldn't be aiming their sights on them.

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Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

goldcd

Meh

If you've got enough money to consider this, you've bought everything need.

Once you've got what you need it's just what you want.

And then, working on the basis computers aren't going to go away, Woz isn't going to time-travel back and make any more, it's a reasonably safe investment.

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Elon Musk says Tesla's stock price is too high ... welp, NOT ANY MORE

goldcd

Or anybody you're about to hand over stock options to

when say you're about to risk a fortune on an incredibly risky venture - and you want to make sure they don't bail at the first little bump.

He's many things - but I don't recall him every being described as 'stupid'

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Intel unleashed octo-core speed demon for the power-crazed crowd

goldcd

I'm currently sporting a reasonably old i7 2600k

Been through a few GPU upgrades - but as a gamer not found anything that maxes it out.

Only thing that makes it sweat is the odd handbrake video encode.

I'm really not quite sure who this chip's for - 4k gamers don't need it. Industrial video crunchers just need a pool of lesser chips.

Still - it's faster, so I want one.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

goldcd

Oh I love my K70

Lovely keyboard - but a thing of beauty.

I 'game' - but don't want some neon monstrosity. Matte black K70, Cherry reds, lights off - perfect.

My mouse is a Rat9. I *like* it, but ridiculously short battery life (daily swap), is a more than a little annoying. Next time, one with a tail.

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TV transport tech, part 2: From sofa to server at the touch of a button

goldcd

Plex

I think that took me 5 mins to setup.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

goldcd

Does Steam OS support linux games, not bought through Steam?

Reason I ask is that currently the choice seems to be a subset of your games, versus removing Microsoft from your PC.

Just thinking of the games I have (e.g. Battlefield4), which aren't available on Steam in any format.

Concern would be that I'd be converting my PC into an unsubsidised walled garden than gave Valve all my cash.

My win8 upgrade license cost me about £30 I think - this all seems an awful lot of messing about to avoid it.

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AMD slaps 'Radeon' label on Tosh flash: >Beard stroke< Hmm, cunning ...

goldcd

4 year warranty

apart from that...

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Intel teams up with rap chap 50 Cent on heartbeat headphones

goldcd

Aww

"I can't belive my grand mothers making me take Out the garbage I'm rich fuck this I'm going home I don't need this shit"

I've now got a soft spot for grandma-cent :)

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

goldcd

Oh hush

He clearly couldn't find any Islamic-tainted beheading videos, so he had to pick on this.

The entire security establishment is crying out for something non-think of the children/terrorist to justify snooping.

*personally* I think they should just go for the "android let me see your girlfriends tits" - but I'm not representative.

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goldcd

I agreed

I'm a great big android fan-boy, but there's plenty of stuff that annoys me, and stuff like this is one of those things.

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goldcd

Unless Hudl have disabled it

There should be an option to encrypt all your data.

Why this isn't turned on by default is maybe an argument - but this still falls into the category of 'user error'

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Is the tech jobs market really on the up-and-up? Tell us about it

goldcd

I slightly disagree

I'm looking to change jobs - and one of the reason is that people are quitting and we can't seem to get anybody decent to even turn up for an interview.

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

goldcd

Even the story doesn't seem to make sense.

Netflix refuses to allow caching - Netflix want me to host a server they'll give me gratis (the impudent bastards).

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Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

goldcd

I think I saw "Life out there"

in the Summer Steam Sim Sale.

Any good?

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

goldcd

Re: Eek!

As much as I normally would love to grumble about Sky http://www.nowtv.com/, is pretty impressive (if all you really want is Sky Atlantic, for whatever HBO stuff is knocking about) for a very reasonable fiver a month.

Pretty much the the only thing I'd want from Sky - but without having to join, and costing less that it would if I had.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

goldcd

Yes.

I love the BBC to bits.

Yes, of course they occasionally screw up (quite massively with moves to the North and Digital Library debacles etc).

However. The license fee is worth every penny, and I'd happily pay more. It's waking up to Radio 4, rather than this "green and pleasant land" I miss when travelling. The BBC is something I can be proud we own and one of the few things the rest of the world seems to agree with us, is 'good' and 'British'

Any governmental talk of interference automatically gets my hackles up. Leave It Alone.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

goldcd

Indeed. Ofcom gets a smooch from me

As does Neelie Kroes in our apparently reviled EU.

I can't really think of any example of where awarding a monopoly to anybody benefits the end user. Competition is messy, but good.

BT and Virgin are both doing rather well at getting fibre into the ground (as they trash-talk each other)

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

goldcd

My favourite iPad user is the TSA

To randomly select people for the fast-track lane, they have an agent with an ipad on a stand.

Agent presses screen, ipad points arrow left or right, agent points next passenger left or right.

Agent presses screen, ipad points arrow...

...it was really quite hypnotic and I will never complain about my job again.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

goldcd

You can pick up a replacement battery for a fiver on Amazon

which restored 'harmony' in my house...*hangs head*

Still Logitech have massively slid over the last couple of years. Recently had a paid of Ultimate Ears 900s (sound wonderful, fall apart soon as look at them) pack up on me. Logitech's warranty was previously a joyful experience (rep phoning me up the next day to check I was still happy with a setup issue I had with my first Harmony).

Now - I'm sorry, we can't honour any claim made on goods bought via ebay, where I'd brought brand-new and sealed etc. On the bright side Squaretrade were great.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

goldcd

Installed office 2013 today

Looks pretty.

Vile UI I realize after trying to use it..

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

goldcd

Have you looked at their pricing

for the moment you use it for commercial purposes?

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

goldcd

AND looking at it

a guarantee that every time it goes through an X-ray machine, it's going to get opened and miss your connecting flight.

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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

goldcd

Yep - agree with what you're saying.

However, my perception of these devices and the various 'garden-iness' seems swing all over the place.

My phone is an Android. It will always be an Android. God I lust after some Apple-things. They always get the apps first. They always seem to work better. That finger-thingie on the latest one is genuine genius - I know it's supposed to "just work" - but it actually did. It was voodoo. However, I'm used to what 'open' Android allows me to do. I've got my stack of favourite apps, that all integrate nice and seamlessly with each other. Plus (and I know this doesn't reflect well on me) - I have this nagging feeling that iPhones are exclusively bought by idiots who got told by other idiots they were good. Like Audis. I can't imagine anybody owning an iphone rushed out to buy a P800 on launch day, knows what it is, and if I told them would think I'd invented a heretical time machine.

I love my kindle (currently 3G paperwhite). Yes it's a walled garden - but there's something about it that appeals to the perfectionist in me. It's simply a perfect machine honed with the single aim of ensuring there's never a reason to not buy a book from Amazon.

Ease of use, competitive book prices, battery life, wifi blah blah. All lovely features anybody could have come up with. Chucking in a 3G modem that works pretty much anywhere I tread on the planet to allow my to buy books immediately at no cost or config to myself... There's just something literally so OTT about that.. Glorious overkill.

We bought my mum an iPad Air. She loves it (I suspect more than her children). She never asks me questions about it. When her mail stopped, Virgin could tell her what to press on the screen to make mail appear.

Maybe my issue with walled gardens is the cost of entry. Amazon sell good stuff cheaply - and are pretty up-front with why. I feel if they displease me and I walk away, it's their loss. Apple sell the most expensive kit, with an offensive (to me) market image of hip *shudders* cool *retches*

I don't consider myself to be one of those people so overcome with the love of their invention of mobile music I wish to become a gyrating silhouette. It's music. With earphones (and shit ones initially at least - I think that still contributes to my hatred of the cynicism).

Even now - pretty adverts filled with pretty people who aren't old enough to be a child of an f'in Pixie (and no you Pixie fans, you don't look like the people in the advert, even if you do buy that f'in phone).

I appear to have issues and will now stop typing.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

goldcd

But

That's simply an option you didn't have before.

How can having an alternative offered, outside of the previous market, be considered 'bad'

If all the cabbies switched to picking up Uber fares at a premium, then I could see how the consumer might be pissed off... but well... there's nothing to stop the cabbies doing this - so wtf are they pissed about?

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goldcd

My arse

Capitalism votes pretty much immediately.

I'm sure Uber costs go up when it rains - but surely it's nice to have an option as those full back-cabs roll past and won't pick you up however much you're willing to pay.

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goldcd

Re: Nice Traffic System You've Got Here...

Indeed - we don't have the 'medallion' scheme that some cities do.

HOWEVER in the world of GPS and live traffic updates the 'knowledge' is massively devalued.

Putting aside the fact most of us have an "arsehole cabbie" story, their previous asset has been devalued by the world changing around them. Like wot happened to the rest of us.

A few cabbies tried to setup Hailo to compete with Uber - and were shot down as scabs by their former colleagues.

Stepping back, we can either accept that cabbies can hold back the tide with an as-yet unspecified differentiator - or I can laugh maniacally as they go under the tide of progress.

*laughs*

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

goldcd

I disagree

Sortof.

The whole idea of having a dedicated dock for my phone on the back of my keyboard is stupid - but if they could bolt in the functionality you get over a regular USB connection, I'd be sold.

I already plug in my phone to my laptop docking station to charge it - and having my phone screen lurking as a window on my desktop sounds quite handy. Get the audio and network properly synced and I'd be over the moon.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

goldcd

You eat Turkey Bacon

"Bacon", made from Turkeys.

We don't - and until we do, I refuse to relinquish the high-ground.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

goldcd

Well either whistle isn't connected to anything

or nobody was blowing it.

It's not as if either alternative makes them look good.

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

goldcd

Steam Machines, as they are, are DOOMED

They're commodity hardware - Fine. I have that.

They work well with your TV - Good. I have that with Big Picture Mode on Steam.

There'll be this great new Controller - Yep. You sell it, I'll buy it.

They run Linux so most of your games won't work. WTF?

What we want is something like the nVidia Shield (that takes the output of the PC you have an slaps it on another screen). Give me a decent controller, HDMI out and a wired LAN port, and it's cheaper and better.

I want a dumb appliance I can control well from the sofa.

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LinkedIn killing CardMunch biz-card scanning app

goldcd

"business cards – remain ubiquitous today"

Can only speak for myself, but I've not handed out any of the thousands still hiding in my desk drawer for years, nor been given one.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

goldcd

Good.

Maybe I'm alone here, but I've never bought a vendor's Android phone for their wonderful departure from the stock Android experience.

I *like* the wide choice of hardware, designs, features (and therefore price-points) - but wish the damn software was aligned. Not even just that I don't like the 'tweaks', it's that these are then what delays the roll-out of the updates I actually do want.

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

goldcd

Arse

I can't find it.

Could some friendly startup assist me - the idea is gratis.

Identify your files with something portable (~torrent magnet) and pull your stuff back from the cloud as needed. Rank clients based on bandwidth and uptime (higher it is, the less your storage allocation to storage ratio). 'Cloud' would also dynamically reallocate your files - it notices your storage hosts are vanishing and automatically starts distributing your files.

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goldcd

All very lovely

But there's no shortage in the world of mail/calendar/whatever servers.

What I'd fancy is something that came with the cloudstuff baked in. E.g. I want 500 Gigs of 'backed up storage' for my apps - I maybe allocate 2TB of disk space to the project, and it meshes with other like-minded people. Manages the distribution across the peer-cloud, and encrypts the life out of it.

Basically I can shout to the world I want my data and push out my public key, and the world gives me back my data.

Hmm. Something like this must exist - so I'll stop looking ignorant and have a google.

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RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls FAST LANES for info superhighway

goldcd

NOooo

I'm sure he's been inundated with emails from regular Joes, simply begging for this for reasons even I satirically can't think of.

In the US, this isn't the real issue, it's a symptom of monopoly the FCC handed out previously.

If your ISP puts Netflix in the slow lane, and you could switch ISP, then you'd switch - the market would nail this in a few days.

This gives me one of the few glorious moments when I can crow over the wonders availed to me by my meddling socialist (*cough*) UK government - see http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/04/04/299060527/episode-529-the-last-mile

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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

goldcd

Indeed

See also the Adreno.

Not as if software decoding of your film was going to hammer your battery.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

goldcd

Indeed

My sole use for that remote, has been to hijack TVs.

You can even setup locations for the different controller setups.. I assume these were supposed to be rooms not hostelries.

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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

goldcd

My own view

is that nothing of any great worth was ever sent from a handheld device of any brand/OS.

You simply cannot work from a phone sized device.

Blackberry got their devices out first and allowed VPs to roam the earth banging out sentences of such utter banality that they were noticed and ridiculed by all " *bollocks* from the Blackberry of xyz" etc. Impressive status symbol for them, hated by the rest of us.

What they were actually useful for, was just to allow people to keep in touch when we all got one, what critical mail has come in, what meeting has just appeared whilst I was mid-lunch etc. This was BB's golden age.

This basic stuff we all actually need is now available everywhere and BB is now just tilting at windmills - I'm sure the Q10 is the best device out there to write a poly-paragraph diatribe on how your company should address the market - but step back, and you simply shouldn't be writing stuff like this on something you just pulled out of your pocket whilst pondering your next duty-free swiss luxury watch.

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

goldcd

Indeed

The entire revelations could be summed up as "We want to spy on people and seem to have unlimited budget and nobody's going to stop us - what d'you think we should try next?"

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